Monday, August 27, 2012

1930's Draped Nightgown... in cut velvet.

I recently finished digitizing an amazing vintage pattern for a Draped Neglige. I knew the second that I finished it that I was going to have to sew several of them over the next few months.

1930's Draped Neglige Digital Pattern

 In May I was in Virginia visiting family and I stopped into a fabric shop to raid the discount table. The table was covered in bolts of beautiful sheer cut velvet that was marked down to 75% off! When I asked the woman who worked there why it was marked down so far she replied, "Oh that stuff, we just had so much of it, no one was buying it and we really just wanted to get it out of the way."
He he he, like there's such a thing as too much velvet. I bought way too much of it and used one bit of it to make this draped night gown.

This project literally only took me 2 hours to make. I'm very fond of instant gratification so this was right up my alley!

I'll post more tomorrow about the details of making this particular neglige but for today, here are some pictures of the finished project.

I enjoyed using a multicolor thread to edge stitch my raw edges and the pink hues in the thread match the ribbon on the straps and sash perfectly. Like I always say, it's the tiny details that matter.

One of my favorite things about the neglige is that the sides and front are open almost to the waist-line so a saucy glimpse of thigh or calf often makes an appearance. This is not your "wear around the house while you have relatives visiting" kind of nightie. It's more of a "wear around the house to celebrate the relatives leaving" kind of piece.

The back can be made in several shapes with this pattern.

I just ordered three large matching silk scarves online and when they arrive I'm going to make a shorter, even sheerer version.

How about you? What is your favorite instant gratification project?


  1. This is Gorgeous!!!!!!!! And what a find, the bolt of blue velvet - You'll probably find all kinds of things to make with it.

  2. That is stunning. Perfect choice in fabric. BRAVO !!!

  3. Very beautiful! I am confused by the illustration, because the waist looks much lower than the completed negligee.

  4. This is amazing. Velvet at 75% off. That was definitely a steal for sure! Unfortunately, not many of my projects are instant gratification. They usually last months!

  5. This looks really beautiful! I need instant gratification projects many times, especially after a project that took too long. I just finished a dress last weekend that took four hours on the way, it's very pleasant!

  6. This looks far too glamarous for bed time wear, even after the relatives are gone. I think you need to audition for a part in the Bold and the Beautiful so you can swan around in all that beautiful velvet!